Religious Studies in Harvard University

Harvard University is the best university hosting Theology and Religious Studies programs according to QS Top Universities Ranking 2016-2017. Students wishing to complete a Religious Studies degree in Harvard might be interested in applying for PhD or undergraduate Study of Religion program, which is hosted by Graduate School of Arts and Sciences and the Harvard Divinity School.

Undergraduate students concentrated on Religious Studies can go to other Harvard schools, for example, law or medicine.

Graduates from undergraduate programs can either find themselves in business, law, medicine, politics, public service, social work or other fields or continue their education in Harvard or any other university. Students wishing to continue their education can apply for PhD Study of Religion program in Harvard university. It is noticeable that holding a Masters degree is not necessary for this program, and Bachelor graduates with a record of high quality and strong research proposal are welcome to apply. The admission process for this program is highly competitive, only 5-7 per cent of applicants are usually enrolled in the program.

The program lasts from five to seven years. During the first two years students do coursework, third year is dedicated to examinations and teaching, during the fourth year students complete the Dissertation Prospectus, after that the y work on the dissertation project.

Students are able to choose from the following list of research specializations:

  • African Religions
  • Buddhist Studies
  • Comparative Studies
  • East Asian Religions
  • Ethics
  • Greco-Roman Religions
  • Hebrew Bible
  • History of Christianity
  • Islamic Studies
  • Jewish Studies
  • New Testament and Early Christianity
  • Philosophy of Religion
  • Religion and Society
  • Religion, Gender, and Culture
  • Religion in the Americas
  • Religions of Late Antiquity: Judaism and Christianity
  • South Asian Religions
  • Theology

You can find more information about admission to Harvard University on our website.



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